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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Smells icy cool with notes of mineral dust, green melon and super precise pollen flowers on the nose, along with a hint of Middle Eastern spice. Fairly sweet in the mouth, this retains enough acidity to keep things lively if not terribly bright. The fruit is rich, with notes of melon and pears wrapped in a slightly treacle-edged blanket. The acidity helps add a touch of spicy green citrus zest on the back end but then the finish sort of just fades away in a lightly sweetened, bitter citrus pith fog. 86pts

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/16/2012

Smells icy cool with notes of mineral dust, green melon and super precise pollen flowers on the nose, along with a hint of Middle Eastern spice. Fairly sweet in the mouth, this retains enough acidity to keep things lively if not terribly bright. The fruit is rich, with notes of melon and pears wrapped in a slightly treacle-edged blanket. The acidity helps add a touch of spicy green citrus zest on the back end but then the finish sort of just fades away in a lightly sweetened, bitter citrus pith fog. 86pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/14/2013

more floral, minerality, and spritz like with balanced acidity


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/06/2010

Dry and crisp. - Tasted at Total Wine 3/6/10


Snooth User: Charleen
3153450
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/14/2007

great wine for the value, delicate and complex


Snooth User: laureljones
51994234
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/29/2010

Crisp and perfect for a hot summer BBQ.


Snooth User: stellar53
43049730
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/06/2010

Not a bad wine for the price. Very sweet with a fruity, almost pear-like aftertaste.


Snooth User: jmcyr
28034013
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/18/2009

Sweet and crisp


Snooth User: ctdeejay
53670025
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/20/2010

Four glasses



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